Operation Nemesis Review: A Real World Assassination and War story from the writer who brought G.I.Joe Characters: Kamakura, Armada, Zanya and more to life.

operationnemesisI am most aware of Josh Blaylock’s work in the Devil’s Due era of G.I.Joe. Back in the early 2000’s his company, which he founded, brought Joe back into action in the comic world. He picked up after the Marvel Comic by Larry Hama, and threw in some nod’s to the toon, character twists, and brand new faces as he kicked off what would become the DDP Joeverse,I still lament the loss of it today. This is a very different book.

We had previously had Sam Wells, who also worked at DDP, on the podcast, and I knew he was going to have Josh Blaylock at his booth (Toy de Jour) at Joecon. I looked forward to meeting him for the first time in person. I don’t recall if we met until we were both at the Wake for Gary Head, and I think we ended up talking for near an hour. I asked him what he was doing now, and he shared with passion about this new graphic novel, and the history behind it. I know this is a long-winded intro to a review, but I felt like I need to share that this passion, shines through into the book and given the subject matter, not only can I see why, but I can greatly appreciate it and find common cause in the desire to share this story with as many as possible.

The Armenian genocide that happened in Turkey before WWII was shockingly brutal, and yet you may have never heard of it. This tale takes you through part of it, and shows you an act of vengeance, primarily through the eyes of Soghomon Tehlirian. His tale is astonishing. In 1921, he shot the former leader of Turkish Ottoman Empire in Berlin, Talaat Pasha, and Soghomon never denied it, yet walked away a free man. The vengeance killing opened the doors to spread news about the horrific slaughter of over 1,500,000 Armenians and other minorities, primarily Christian. Talaat Pasha claimed he was deporting them, but documents admit he was deporting them to their death.

This presentation of history can be hard to read at times but the visual format presents it in a unique and impactful way. The arrangement of newspaper clippings and additional sources for information draw you not only into the story but at least for this reader, drew my heart to the victims of this tragedy. The newspaper clipers also lengtehened the content of reading, giving you an extra bang for your book, although I think it is already worth the 18.99 cover price.

Silva’s art has a style that is refreshing in this era of super hero exposure. His art often is symbolic, captures movement, and seems more interested in conveying a story and emotion, than many other mainstream books would allow. This style is wonderful for story telling, but here as it’s paired with such a tragic story, it more powerful communicates emotion and that makes it perfect for what was written.

There are head shots, there is foul language, but it never feels gratuitous. It’s there because it’s real, and because we shouldn’t over gloss such an important piece of history, or it would lose much of its impact. Mature readers only, but please give this a read, everyone needs to know this story.It reminds us of an important lesson and tells us of a forgotten horror. History repeats, don’t be silent, don’t cover your eyes when you see evil on the March. Turkey still denies the events to this day, and attempts to silence talk about the massacres. Currently we see ISIS slaughtering Christians by the entire village, they are spiritual descendents of Talaat Pasha, who committed his crimes before Hitler. The silence of so many in the face of horror even emboldened Hitler as he said, ” Who, after all, still speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?” (August 1939, in preparation of the Invasion of Poland, as quoted within Operation Nemesis)

Spies, apparitions of a dead family, flashbacks, revenge,courtroom drama, an evil on Par with the Nazi’s and even Nazi’s themselves all presented only as comics could allow. Give this a read!

10/10

You can find it HERE on the Devils Due store, or HERE at Amazon.

(and I don’t give that score lightly or often)

 

 

Legion XIV productions new figure project is now on kickstarter: interview from Joe Con 2015.

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We were blessed to have Josh Dolgner  with us just a bit ago to share about his upcoming, modern female military figure kickstarter project, which can be found HERE. Go buy one!

It’s a short one, but it has some great info on the figure. You can check it out via the embedded player below, or use the drop down menu above to locate us on your preferred mobile podcast provider.

For more pics head HERE to our facebook (and be sure to like and explore because we have a ton more pics from con up)

To follow Legion XIV productions on FB, click HERE.

Joe Con 2015 DAY 1 podcast featuring former president BILL CLINTON aswell as Christian and Gray.

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We (Sam and Tom) are joined by special Guest former President BILL CLINTON as well as our friends Christian (sculptor of the Cobra throne you may have seen) and Gray. We discuss our thoughts on the con set, get feedback from our former president, talk some custom and repaint potential, alternate takes, and some theories and the choices behind the con set. Lots of laughs, and Sam’s strange Swedish candy are followed by some talk on the custom Cobra Throne you may have seen on FB and other Joe sites.

You can listen to it via the embedded player below or use the menu above to access stitcher or Itunes for easy mobile listening via the drop down below.

Be sure to like and watch our facebook for more pics this weekend ! Some are already up there!

Day 1 pics HERE.

Indie Comic Star Madman in 3D

The Indie madman3DComic Star Madman is looking to go 3D via some 3D cards on kickstarter. You may remember a Madman action figure made it out via kickstarter in the past thanks to Fresh Monkey Fiction.

Press release below:

Mike Allred’s seminal pop culture hero Madman starts a Kickstarter campaign for 3D Trading Cards today. With copy and design by writer/comics historian Christopher Irving, and conversions by Christian LeBlanc of last year’s Madman In Your Face 3D Special Starring Frank Einstein, The Madman Comin’ Atcha 3D Trading Cards chronicle 20+ years of the hero’s comic book adventures in a retro-inspired trading card line.

“Christopher is a long time friend who has always been enthusiastic and supportive of what we do,” Allred notes. “It’s been big fun to let him loose on this, sit back, and watch him run wild! And you’ve all seen what Christian LeBlanc is capable of. Gonna be soopah cool!”

The trading card idea came after Irving and Fresh Monkey Fiction’s Bill Murphy successfully funded the Amazing Heroes Madman action figure late last year.

“It was a no-brainer to make trading cards of Madman,” Irving says. “And that’s fun. Sheer, sheer fun on pieces of cardboard. But since Madman, by nature, has to be different and more ginchy than the rest, I was jazzed to have Christian hop on board with me for this.”

“It was the honor of a lifetime to render Mike’s comics in 3D, and I’m ecstatic to be able to linger in Snap City for these cards, which we envision as a series of ‘greatest hits’ moments celebrating Mike’s work,” Christian says. “Just like before, I’m also fanning out over the amazing guest artists I get to work with. Visually and thematically, I feel like 3D just ‘works’ for Madman and his world.”

The Madman Comin’ Atcha 3D Trading Cards feature a 44-card deck with 36 Madman cards and an 8-card subset of The Atomics. A 10-card Artist’s Edition pack features conversions of classic Jack Kirby, Alex Toth, Frank Frazetta, and Darwyn Cooke Madman pin-ups; it also features original Madman images by Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma, The Fox), Simon Fraser (Doctor Who, Nikolai Dante), George Folz (The Roman Nose with Seth Kushner), Terry Huddleston (Thaniel), Bizhan Khodabandeh (Little Red Fish), and Ethan Young (Tails, Nanjing). There are also bonus cards for higher pledge levels. The highest levels feature cards autographed by the new contributors and Allred himself.

The 30-day campaign is seeking a minimum goal of $3,500, with two stretch goals that will grow the set.